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The Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1918 (1918)

by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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This anthology, the standard collection of English verse from the thirteenth century to the close of the First World War. Concentrating for the most part on lyrical poetry, Quiller-Couch held firmly to the belief that old favourites deserved their place as much as new discoveries.
  antimuzak | Dec 10, 2005 |
The Oxford Book of English Verse was first published in 1900 and it initiated the famous series of Oxford Books that has been running ever since. It quickly established itself as a classic anthology, equal to Palgrave's Golden Treasury in popularity and public recognition. Having sold half a million copies in 21 impressions, a second edition appeared in 1939, extending the book by a hundred pages and increasing the representation of the early part of the twentieth century. Concentrating for the most part on lyrical poetry, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch sought to range over the whole field of English verse from the thirteenth century to the close of the First World War. He established an arrangement of the poets by date of birth, using modernized spelling after the very earliest poems. He held firmly to the belief that old favourites deserved their place as much as new discoveries, and held himself at odds with those who sneer `at things long by catholic consent accounted beautiful'. In declaring the enduring nature of the English verse tradition, `Q' ensured that The Oxford Book of English Verse would itself endure and prosper. This book is intended for general poetry lovers, anyone building a library of classic books.
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To the President Fellows and Scholars of Trinity College Oxford a house of learning ancient liberal humane and my most kindly nurse
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This is the 1250-1918 version

Q edited two different versions of The Oxford Book of English Verse, one 1250-1900 and another (sometimes called The New Oxford Book of English Verse) 1250-1918. Please keep these distinct as there is a significant difference in their contents.
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The Oxford Book of English Verse was first published in 1900 and it initiated the famous series of Oxford Books that has been running ever since. It quickly established itself as a classic anthology, equal to Palgrave's Golden Treasury in popularity and public recognition. Having sold half a million copies in 21 impressions, a second edition appeared in 1939, extending the book by a hundred pages and increasing the representation of the early part of the twentieth century. Concentrating for the most part on lyrical poetry, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch sought to range over the whole field of English verse from the thirteenth century to the close of the First World War. He established an arrangement of the poets by date of birth, using modernized spelling after the very earliest poems. He held firmly to the belief that old favourites deserved their place as much as new discoveries, and held himself at odds with those who sneer 'at things long by catholic consent accounted beautiful'. In declaring the enduring nature of the English verse tradition, 'Q' ensured that The Oxford Book of English Verse would itself endure and prosper.

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"The Oxford Book of English Verse, created in 1900 by Arthur Quiller-Couch and selected anew in 1972 by Helen Gardner, has established itself as the foremost anthology of English poetry: ample in span, liberal in the kinds of poetry presented. This completely fresh selection brings in new poems and poets from all ages, and extends the range by another half-century, to include many twentieth-century figures not featured before - among them Philip Larkin and Samuel Beckett, Thom Gunn and Elaine Feinstein - right up to Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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